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Annie Gillock, No. 1 golfer on the New Castle High School girls golf team, sinks a putt on hole No. 1 during Wednesday evening’s golf match against visiting Shenandoah at Westwood Golf Club. Gillock shot 40 to once again capture low medalist honors as the Trojans defeated the Raiders 204-265.
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Lexi Lane, No. 2 golfer for the Shenandoah High School girls golf team, sizes up a putt on hole No. 1 during Wednesday evening’s match against host New Castle at Westwood Golf Club. Lane carded the second-best score for the Raiders with a 57, but the Trojans won 204-265.
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Sydney Campbell, No. 3 golfer for the Shenandoah High School girls golf team, drives a shot toward hole No. 1 during Wednesday evening’s match against host New Castle at Westwood Golf Club. Campbell shot a 70, the third-best score for the Raiders, but the host Trojans won 204-265.
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Katie Craig of the Shenandoah High School girls golf team putts the ball toward the cup on hole No. 8 during Wednesday evening’s match against host New Castle at Westwood Golf Club. Craig, playing at the No. 5 position, carded a 55 for the Raiders’ best score of the day.
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Girl golfers Faith Firle (holding flag) of New Castle and Shelbey Day (right) of Shenandoah watch the Trojans’ Maddy Meek sink a putt on hole No. 1 during Wednesday evening’s high school match at Westwood Golf Club. Freshman Meek shot her best score of the season thus far with a 58, Firle carded a 54, and Day had 80 as host New Castle defeated the Raiders 204-265.
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Kathryn Perry, a star player on the Shenandoah High School girls basketball team and fully recovred from a leg injury, sinks a putt on hole No. 8 during Wednesday evening’s match against host New Castle at Westwood Golf Club. Perry, a sophomore, shot a 67 for the Raider JV, a better score than two Shenandoah varsity players.
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New Castle High School Girls Golf Coach Jill Leversedge (left) talks with her No. 3 golfer Macayla McGowan after McGowan struggled a little with her play near hole No. 1 during Wednesday evening’s match against visiting Shenandoah at Westwood Golf Club. McGowan played pretty well thereafter, shooting a 52 for the second-best score of the day, and the Trojans defeated the Raiders by 61 strokes.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

New Castle and Shenandoah always have had somewhat of a rivalry in high school sports ever since the Raiders defeated the Trojans in the semifinals of the 1970 boys basketball sectional in the Fieldhouse.

Several times the athletic contests between the two schools have come right down to the wire, but that was not the case Wednesday evening at Westwood Golf Club.

The New Castle girls golf team, playing pretty well on its home course, boosted its record to 4-0 with a 204-265 victory over Shenandoah.

The event was interrupted by a downpour of rain about 5:45 p.m., about halfway through the match, but the skies cleared and it became sunny again so the match could be held to its conclusion.

The Trojans’ No. 1 golfer, senior Annie Gillock, was the low medalist for the fourth time in four matches this season. Gillock carded a 40 for the day, and has been quite consistent in her matches this season with scores of 41, 37, 39, and now 40.

New Castle sophomore Macayla McGowan seemed to struggle mightily getting her ball near the cup on hole No. 1. But after a conference with Coach Jill Leversedge, McGowan sank the putt easily and proceeded to have a good round, and her score of 52 was the second-best of the day.

Fellow sophomore Faith Firle had a good score of 54, and freshman Maddy Meek had her best outing thus far this season with a 58 to account for the final two scores of the Trojans’ total. Meek was named most-improved player from the previous match.

Lylah Hutson, Maggie Lewis, and Trinity Kibby played junior varsity for New Castle, but no scores were reported for them.

Playing at the No. 5 position, Shenandoah’s Katie Craig shot a 55 for the Raiders’ best score of the day. Shenandoah’s No. 2 golfer, Lexi Lane, was two strokes behind her with a 57.

Rounding out the scores for the Raider varsity were Sydney Campbell with a 70 and Shelbey Day had an 83.

Shenandoah sophomore girls basketball star Kathryn Perry, fully recovered from a leg injury that sidelined her for the Class 2A Sectional 42 championship game last February as a freshman, played junior varsity and shot a respectable 67. Rachel Soden carded a 69 for the Raider JV.

“I wish to offer congratulations to all of the participants of this meet,” Coach Leversedge stated. “Your maturity and sportsmanship did not go unnoticed.”

New Castle will play in its first invitational of the season Saturday, this one at Lapel. After that, the Trojans return home to face Greenfield-Central Wednesday at Westwood Golf Club.

Shenandoah competed against Hagerstown and host Knightstown Thursday evening at Royal Hylands and plays in the Elwood Invitational Saturday.